The Response of the Slaves

Slavery would seem to be the epitome of domination by an all-powerful master over a passive, subservient dependent. But is this the whole picture?

To be Sold: A Black Man, a native of St Kitts, a good postilion, groom, butler and taylor; sober and healthy. He is averse to living in the country , but might do for a single person, or a family residing in or near town. He had absconded some time from his present owner, and for this reason is offered for sale.

To be sold at private sale: A Barbadian Lad, about 18 years old; a good butler, and careful servant to attend a horse; he has been some time at the Cabinet Maker's business, and is a tolerable good workman, but prefers being either a butler, or carpenter, to that trade , which is the occasion of his being offered for sale. He will suit any person inclined to carry him from the Island, as he has no objection to travelling .

– Advertisements in the Barbados Mercury, June 7th and 21st, 1806

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